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A Queen For a Knight - 1982 Trek 720/728 - 25.5"

Old 10-15-21, 09:54 PM
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Decals update: So I sent an email with pictures (some you see above) to Velocals stating that the brown of the decal didn't match the photo's brown (not to mention, the head tube's brown) and asked if there was anything we could do to remedy it (to whatever degree). I did some color sampling in Photoshop (not that they couldn't, but I took the initiative) and listed them in the email. I'm just trying to help. At any rate, they got back to me quite quickly and we're (aka they're) cooking up a solution. I wish the original seat tube decal was still present as it would have made this not even a problem, but here we are, and we are working towards a solution that will benefit not only me, but future buyers.

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In other good news, I took the 720 to a friend's place last night, netting nearly 20 miles total. Occasional sprinkles, and mostly wet ground on the way over, it did supremely well. Smooth, solid, quiet, but still playful when you want. The 170mm cranks help quell the power pulses more noticeable with the leverage that 175s provide, but on the flats and most anywhere, it's just smooth pedaling and efficient progress. I made sure to do a few digs out of the saddle, starting "behind the gear" and seeing if the frame laid over and played dead (or tired) like my 510. It didn't. I mean, I knew it wouldn't because I'd ridden it before, but still, great news. I will see how my knees like it tomorrow (2 day delay checkup), but they aren't hurting today, and that's a good sign.

The 720 is a Grail Bike for many reasons, and I am only adding more. If you want the classic Trek look without the canti brake hassle, 1982 is your year. If you want the look with the cantis, 1983. And if you want the techier looking in-house lugs with all the Peak Touring Bike braze-ons, then 1984 and 1985 are your years. You can't lose with any of them!
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Decals update: So I sent an email with pictures (some you see above) to Velocals stating that the brown of the decal didn't match the photo's brown (not to mention, the head tube's brown) and asked if there was anything we could do to remedy it (to whatever degree). I did some color sampling in Photoshop (not that they couldn't, but I took the initiative) and listed them in the email. I'm just trying to help. At any rate, they got back to me quite quickly and we're (aka they're) cooking up a solution. I wish the original seat tube decal was still present as it would have made this not even a problem, but here we are, and we are working towards a solution that will benefit not only me, but future buyers.

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In other good news, I took the 720 to a friend's place last night, netting nearly 20 miles total. Occasional sprinkles, and mostly wet ground on the way over, it did supremely well. Smooth, solid, quiet, but still playful when you want. The 170mm cranks help quell the power pulses more noticeable with the leverage that 175s provide, but on the flats and most anywhere, it's just smooth pedaling and efficient progress. I made sure to do a few digs out of the saddle, starting "behind the gear" and seeing if the frame laid over and played dead (or tired) like my 510. It didn't. I mean, I knew it wouldn't because I'd ridden it before, but still, great news. I will see how my knees like it tomorrow (2 day delay checkup), but they aren't hurting today, and that's a good sign.

The 720 is a Grail Bike for many reasons, and I am only adding more. If you want the classic Trek look without the canti brake hassle, 1982 is your year. If you want the look with the cantis, 1983. And if you want the techier looking in-house lugs with all the Peak Touring Bike braze-ons, then 1984 and 1985 are your years. You can't lose with any of them!
As a former mechanic in a shop that sold trek, when old bikes came in for service it was clear to me that trek was the Pinnacle in the lug era. Certainly why I recently picked up an 82 620. Working on old trek stuff always felt like a visit to a golden age.
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
Decals update: So I sent an email with pictures (some you see above) to Velocals stating that the brown of the decal didn't match the photo's brown (not to mention, the head tube's brown) and asked if there was anything we could do to remedy it (to whatever degree). I did some color sampling in Photoshop (not that they couldn't, but I took the initiative) and listed them in the email. I'm just trying to help. At any rate, they got back to me quite quickly and we're (aka they're) cooking up a solution. I wish the original seat tube decal was still present as it would have made this not even a problem, but here we are, and we are working towards a solution that will benefit not only me, but future buyers.
A gentelmen and a scholar. That's great to hear they're so receptive to making tweaks.

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Smooth, solid, quiet, but still playful when you want.
I'm having the same experience with my 520. Very stable without feeling like an anchor.
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
The 720 is a Grail Bike for many reasons, and I am only adding more. If you want the classic Trek look without the canti brake hassle, 1982 is your year. If you want the look with the cantis, 1983. And if you want the techier looking in-house lugs with all the Peak Touring Bike braze-ons, then 1984 and 1985 are your years. You can't lose with any of them!
This should be on a t shirt. Poignant and concise.
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